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by FÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡bio de Oliveira Ribeiro
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012 at 6:25 AM
Or how language creates ideological problems.
I really do not understand why the Europeans follow calling the sea that separates Africa from Europe of Mediterranean.
When the Roman Empire spread throughout the coast of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean was renamed MARE NOSTRUM. This is a meaningful name, becose in fact the sea had been transformed into a Roman lake.
With the end of the Roman Empire, the sea came to be called the Mediterranean to the present day. But this name is inappropriate now. As long as industrial capitalism completely dominated the European coastline of the sea and partially its African and Middle East coastline, the sea began to receive directly or indirectly industrial waste liquids and solids.
The old and newer underwater films prove that there was a marked reduction in diversity and marine life in the Mediterranean. This is not the same sea that existed during the Middle Ages.
When the Romans ruled the Mediterranean gave him a name that meant what the sea had become. In honor of this synthetic spirit and of Latin language (which left marks in various European languages) I suggest that the Mediterranean is to be called the CLOACA MAXIMA.
That sea turned a European sewage. And how is sewage that has to be treated and named.
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